Students earn all-academic honors
Local school administrators nominated 32 area high school students to the Lawrence Journal-World's eighth annual academic all-star team.
Only 10 of those nominees were chosen to the team and four of those students are from Tonganoxie, McLouth or Basehor-Linwood.
Chase Nowak, Tonganoxie, Leah Overbaugh and Lisa Smelser, McLouth, and Ryan Robinson, Basehor-Linwood, made the all-star squad.
Winners were selected based on academics and test scores, extracurricular activities, community involvement and an essay on the first thing the students would do if they won $10 million.
Officials from 13 area high schools submitted nominees: Baldwin, Basehor-Linwood, De Soto, Eudora, Free State, Lawrence High, McLouth, Oskaloosa, Ottawa, Perry-Lecompton, Santa Fe Trail, Tonganoxie and Wellsville.
Members of the all-star team received a certificate and a backpack for use at college. After high school, Nowak, Overbaugh and Smelser all plan to attend the University of Kansas. Nowak and Overbaugh will major in pre-medicine and Overbaugh also will minor in Spanish. Smelser will major in jewelry design/metalsmithing. Robinson will attend Kansas State University and major in business.
Other local nominees were: Kaitlyn Kelly, Tonganoxie (KU, chemical engineering and pre-med), and Alexandria Jeannin, Basehor-Linwood (Washburn, mathematics education).
Other all-star members were: Aarika Greenfield, Baldwin; Ellie Ott and Ivan Sheu, Free State; Karen Bentley and Yin Niu, Lawrence High; and Faye Cassell, Ottawa.
Team members attended a luncheon at the Journal-World last Wednesday with parents and judges.